LSSU Announces High School Short Story Prize

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – High school students who are interested in writing may win a $500 cash prize or $1,000 scholarship for their stories if they enter Lake Superior State University’s new Short Story Prize competition.

The competition, created by the LSSU Creative Writing Program and now accepting entries, asks high school students to compose their best post-apocalyptic short stories between now and the March 30 deadline. Any high school student residing in the Midwest may enter.

“The idea for the contest came about after a group of creative writing faculty, school volunteers, and high school English teachers met on campus in December to discuss current high school students’ reading and writing interests,” said LSSU English Prof. Mary McMyne. “Based on this discussion, post-apocalyptic fiction was selected as the theme for this year’s contest due to high student interest.”

Entries will be accepted online through March 30, and finalists will be selected based on literary merit by May 15, with a winner announced on June 1. The winner of the contest will receive publication and a $500 cash prize, which may be doubled — if the student wishes to attend LSSU — to a $1000 cash scholarship. The winning story will be published in vol. 5 of Border Crossing, LSSU’s international journal of literature and art, alongside fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by professional writers, and book reviews by LSSU undergraduate interns.

Contest rules, instructions for entering, and contest parameters are available on the contest website at lssubordercrossing.wordpress.com/lssu-short-story-prize/

Teachers, parents, and students interested in contest updates are encouraged to visit the contest website to read recommendations for classic and award-winning post-apocalyptic short stories that students may use as models. They may also sign-up for the contest mailing list in order to receive updates and a common-core aligned lesson plan for reading and writing post-apocalyptic short stories.

For more information, contact McMyne at 906-635-2327 or mmcmyne@lssu.edu. To learn more about the LSSU creative writing program, visit lssu.edu/english/creativewritingatlssu.php. The website for the LSSU journal Border Crossing is at lssu.edu/bc.

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